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Behind the fear

Fear is like thick fog.

It hides some things, but accentuates others.

The truth of a circumstance, becomes shrouded in the emotion and only part of the real picture is seen.

That’s what I recently experienced.

It began with our display case.

Handsome, set it up and then began to step back from it.

My heart was suddenly gripped with fear that it was going to tip over, so I reacted.

I quickly stepped closer, extending my arms in an effort to “catch” it.

This was completely ridiculous on my part.

Not only am I physically unable to catch a piece of furniture, if it were falling.

The damage to myself and the piece would be compounded.

Of course, it wasn’t tipping over.

My husband wouldn’t have let go if it was unstable.

Understandably, he was surprised by my actions and questioned me.

That’s when I realized I had been blinded by a moment of fear.

I couldn’t explain it.

However, I logged it as something to pray about.

The next two days I had similar experiences, but with a softer impact.

Both times involved a piece of furniture and I suddenly was gripped with fear of it falling over.

Due to my poor response with the display case, I was on guard and didn’t react, but instead was increasing my need to pray about this same unreasonable fear.

I knew I needed to turn the fear over to the Lord.

Which I did and He showed me what was behind it.

When I was a young child I grew up in earthquake country.

My memory is dotted with many earthquakes and how they affected me.

Most were completely harmless.

But the consequence of living in that region was everything had to be hooked to a wall or supported in some way or else the next earthquake would tip it over.

This experience is good knowledge for those living in that area, but it’s completely unnecessary where we live.

Thus, my unreasonable fear was dealt with completely.

The Lord showed me what the full truth is and I’ve found joy in being able to trust God in a new area of my heart.

His Word is true and has been my direction.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV

I don’t have to allow my emotions, especially fear, to force me into action or to create worry.

I can rest in Him and take everything, including my unreasonable fears, to Him.

My heart finds peace in knowing that I am leaning on Jesus rather than my own understanding.

Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
Proverbs 3:25‭-‬26 NKJV

Psalm 115:11 KJV — Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your truth. Lord, thank You for revealing what I was afraid of. Thank You for showing me the truth. Lord, please continue to teach me how to walk with You and to fear You alone. Lord, please continue to help me to turn to You for all things. Lord, thank You for Your peace which fills my heart when I rest in You. Lord Jesus, thank You that there is nothing to fear because my soul is safe with You. Thank You for Your love. I love You. Amen.

Battling fear

Fear is an old enemy of mine.

Thankfully, the Lord has taught me much through the years and many of the tricks of fear and doubt have become useless.

But I’m far from finished fighting.

Rather, I’m becoming more skilled a warrior.

Scripture is my best defense.

Faith is my protection.

Prayer is my weapon.

Ephesians 6:13-18 NKJV — Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

The Lord, through His Word, has helped me to admit when I’m struggling, surrender myself before Him, and walk with humility through whatever circumstances are causing me to struggle with fear.

Yesterday, it was my health.

I had a “good” day suddenly turn bad through a migraine.

As I lay in bed, I was assaulted with “what if?” questions until I realized that wasn’t trusting God.

So, I prayed.

I told the Lord about my concerns and thanked Him for the opportunity to trust Him even though I had no idea what He was going to do.

Then, I worked on praising God for everything I could think of.

When I recall the goodness of God and His faithfulness, it is so much easier to trust Him.

Later in the afternoon, I had another struggle with fear.

I heard some news that brought concern about our house.

Frankly, I didn’t understand exactly what the information was, probably because of the migraine, which caused me to feel confused and frustrated.

2 Timothy 1:7 KJV — For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The Lord used scripture to remind me that He is in control.

I can rest in His love, place my thoughts into order by focusing on His Word, and have power over my emotions through self-control.

Because:

1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV — For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

This scripture was written to the church of Corinth, explaining the importance of orderly meetings so people could be taught from God’s Word.

When the Lord brought it to mind, I realized that allowing my emotions and thoughts to run wild would hinder my ability to learn from His Word through this circumstance.

I don’t want fear to rob my of an opportunity to grow closer to the Lord.

Placing my trust in Him has always brought me through whatever circumstances fear was using against me.

God is faithful and His Word is truth, in Him I have all I need.

This morning I don’t have a migraine and I’m praising God!

There are other circumstances in my schedule today I’m praying about, because I don’t want to give fear any opportunity in my heart or mind.

As for our house, I still don’t know what is happening there, but I am simply praying for my husband and our son-in-law.

I’m trusting the Lord to guide and direct them, because I am not the one doing the work, so I really don’t need to know what every detail is.

My job is to lift them up in prayer and to be diligent with the tasks at hand.

What a blessing that is!

It’s so wonderful to know God is working all things for our good as we trust daily in Him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your love and faithfulness. Lord, thank You for continuing to teach me how to combat fear and doubt. Lord, on my own I’m unable to do anything. It is only through You and Your Spirit that I have the ability to fight fear and learn self-control. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for walking with me through these unsettling circumstances. Lord, thank You for healing me from the migraine. Lord, I do humbly request You help those who know You, but are defeated by fear and doubt. Lord, help them find hope and comfort in You. Help them to realize that when we die to this life we gain so much more. Lord, please keep us from clinging to things of this world, but rather help us to see the blessings of eternity and the futility of temporary comfort. Thank You, Jesus for all You have done, are doing, and will do on our behalf. May Your name be glorified! Amen.

Boxing up

I had a dream last night about packing.

It was weird (as most dreams tend to be).

Yet, I clearly saw my recent mental gymnastics reflected in the stressed out “me” in the dream.

It is due to a combination of two priorities which don’t work together: packing our house and homeschooling our son.

I have often had to guard against the mental “what if?”.

Because not only am I fighting my flesh which wants things a certain way, there’s also doubt which tries to wind me up and rob my joy.

But in my heart I have peace.

God will supply all our needs.

He is faithful.

Like yesterday.

We finished school early.

We started by seven (which is definitely the Lord’s blessing).

We drove down yesterday and signed papers on the new house!

Praise the Lord!

God supplied all our needs throughout.

He has made “a way in the desert”.

I know He will help me get everything done in His time and without me stressing.

Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV — “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

It’s so true!

I have all I need, because Jesus has me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for understanding my fears and worries and showing me a better way. Lord, thank You for showing me what I’m struggling with, because if I’m blind to my own sin I can’t repent and turn away from it. Lord, please continue to hone my heart, to help me to be soft, gentle, kind, loving, quick to forgive, quick to listen, slow to anger and slow to speak. Lord, please place a guard upon my lips that I might speak “no unwholesome talk” for I do not want to grieve Your Spirit. I don’t want to spread my own struggles to others. Lord, please forgive me if I have already done so in anyway. Lord thank You for walking us through all these things. Thank You for Your provision of a new home and new job. Lord, please show us how to glorify Your name in all these things. I love You, Jesus! Amen.

Fear, a snare of the enemy

It creeps in when we least expect it.

Our lives are tainted with it from birth, because of sin.

It is so common, it’s become entertainment and even a holiday.

But fear is nothing to joke about.

Nor is it something to ignore.

Fear is often an underlying motivation, for a long list of actions.

It pushes us quietly from within.

It couches itself as “being cautious” while lacking the truth of wisdom.

It disguises itself inside of anger or pride.

When motivated by fear, people can choose death over life.

The scriptures tell us about some who believed, but were afraid.

John 12:42 NKJV — Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
John 12:43 NKJV — for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

And through this fear, their love was established.

They loved the praises of men more than the praises of God.

Thus we must be on guard against fear of anything, except God.

Luke 12:4 NKJV — “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Luke 12:5 NKJV — “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

Luke 12:8 NKJV — “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.

For in fearing Him, respecting and revering God we find life.

Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

And in this life through Christ we find true love.

1 John 4:18 NKJV — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. What incredible truth and freedom we find there. Please, Lord, help me to be on guard against fear of anything except You. Lord, continue to teach me how to trust You in all things and not to allow fear to be my motivation. Lord, it is so easy to fall into fear. It is so common that I often don’t recognize it. Please help me to be discerning and wise. Lord, please teach me what ways the enemy tries to ensnare with fear and help me avoid them. Lord Jesus, thank You that perfect love casts out fear. Thank You that when I’m afraid I can rest in Your love and trust You for my life, today, tomorrow, and into eternity. Thank You so much for saving me! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

“Whom shall I fear?”

Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

It’s a slick, crafty, sneaking kind, the voice of fear which piggybacks upon “reason”, “caution”, and “sense”.

Too often its poison has seeped into thoughts and begun to sway actions before those influenced by it are even aware of the change.

It takes God’s Spirit and His Word to reveal the truth of fear.

Because if we succumb to fear, our very existence becomes tainted and our love dies.

Fear is a cruel and unjust Master.

Fear is the direct enemy of love.

It often leads the heart to hate.

But God has defeated fear by crushing sin and death.

Without the fear of eternal death, what is there to fear?

King David, of all people, understood what it was to live through extremely frightening circumstances.

He was on the “hit list” of both his own king, his own son, and from enemy countries.

He had literally run for his life many times.

Yet, he penned these words:

Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

His trust was solid.

His love of God was unwavering.

His heart knew he need not fear.

And ours should know this as well.

For Christ died and rose again, and His sacrifice is our salvation.

With this security, we need not fear, but trust and love our Lord Jesus.

We do this by putting our lives in His hands, surrendering ourselves into His perfect plan, and living obediently unto His Word.

Psalm 56:11 KJV — In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Proverbs 29:25 KJV — The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

For the redeemed, God’s love is our security, our sanctuary, our safe place.

1 John 4:18 KJV — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your promises. Lord, thank You for being life, truth, and the way. Lord, You reach us exactly where we are. Your Word is truth in every generation. Please continue to help me to walk in Your love and to be on guard against fear. Lord, help me remember that fear kills faith and strangles love. Lord Jesus, I want to walk with You in all things; to be loving, faithful, kind, honest, honorable, and wise. Please help me to do so. Please walk with me in today. Thank You for showing me where I was afraid and teaching me to trust. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Fear

Not unlike a tiny fish darting from danger, each person is open to fear’s attack.

What child hasn’t cowered in the fear of darkness?

Or cried tears of fear when the startling, the unexpected, the painful struck?

For that matter, what adult hassn’t experienced some fear lurking in their minds?

Fear of failure.

Fear of loss.

Fear of need.

Fear of being alone.

Fear of pain, death, hurt, abandonment,…

The list is long.

Fear comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, because it’s better at hiding inside other emotions than a chameleon is at blending into the background.

Fear is often a motivation.

But it’s a harsh, cruel, relentless master.

Fear will never be quelled by “good thoughts”, kind words, or self love.

There’s only one thing that conquers it completely.

1 John 4:18 NKJV — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

This isn’t the love of a human which is perfect.

It’s the love of God.

Something we can experience because He loved us first.

1 John 4:19 NKJV — We love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 4:9 NKJV — In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

Fear in any form can not stand before the consuming love of God.

And when one places their lives in His hands He becomes the Master, casting out fear.

The scriptures speak so clearly of the peace which comes when trust in God reigns in the heart.

Psalm 56:11 KJV — In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Psalm 118:6 KJV — The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Psalm 56:4 NKJV — In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV — For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Hebrews 13:6 NKJV — So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

And there are so many more verses speaking to us.

When we put our trust in God, when we realize how perfect His love, fear is defeated.

Jesus spoke about this in a simple and yet profound way.

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29‭-‬31 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for this. To help us understand the profound truth of Your care for Your creation. How great and mighty You are. How infinite and above all we can possibly see or know. Thank You for being both loving and righteous. Thank You for being truth and mercy. Lord, thank You for showing us how great is Your care through these words. To number the very hairs of our heads, to never miss a single bird’s fall to the Earth. To know the hearts of all mankind. Truly, You are incredible and I praise Your holy name. Lord Jesus, thank You for all You are doing, have done, and will do. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You. Amen.

Time-out

It had been one of those days.

Beginning with me coughing a good deal (don’t worry it’s my asthma, nothing else).

Changes in weather can have an affect on my health and it’s turned cold here.

I’d gotten up late.

I told Anne I felt like I was moving in slow motion.

God carried me through the morning and afternoon, which I was very thankful for.

But I’d really been looking forward to just resting on the couch after dinner.

Life sometimes disappoints, due to our expectations.

That’s what I was feeling.

Of course, if I’d prayed about God’s plan for my evening, I wouldn’t have been disappointed.

So, as it became more and more evident I wasn’t going to be able to rest, I found myself falling into pity, self-pity.

A short phone call was the last straw for me.

I knew what needed to happen: time-out!

I picked up my crocheting and headed to my prayer closet.

“Lord, my attitude stinks. I’m a mess.”

Let it go.

“Lord, I don’t want to. I’m tired, I feel miserable, I just wanted to rest.”

Trust Me.

“Lord, it’s that I’m afraid. If I push it, I’ll be worse tomorrow and I have so much that needs to be done. I’m just scared…”

I know.

Sometimes the spoiled child within needs a severe spanking, because they just keep screaming, “I don’t want to!”.

I was determined not to leave time-out until my heart was completely surrendered to Jesus.

“Lord, please help me. I’m really struggling with letting go.”

Praise Me.

My coughing wouldn’t allow me to sing, but I knew that wasn’t required.

I found a YouTube video which always leads my heart into worship and hit play.

The spoiled child quieted.

Fear relinquished it’s hold, unable to withstand the truth of God’s goodness.

It was exactly what I needed.

Later, when my husband got home and had eaten the supper our son had cooked, he pulled out his guitar.

He played Christmas songs and we all enjoyed it so much.

Then I got on the piano and played a few Christmas songs.

Afterwards, our son got out the Christmas decorations and my husband set up the tree.

It turned out to be a wonderful evening, far better than my selfish plans of a Jane Austen movie and crocheting.

I’m so thankful to the Lord for His mercy and patience with me and my stubborn heart.

I’m so glad He showed me what was occurring inside me and took me to time-out.

I’m so very blessed, that He showed me not only the thing I was wrestling with, but also the way to let Jesus beat it.

How great and awesome is He!

How full of compassion and love and a desire for our good!

How wonderful is His unending care and tireless polishing of the heart!

Truly:

Psalm 48:1 KJV — A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your patience with me. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your truth. Lord, it is embarrassing to see my sin, but so freeing to see how You walked me away from it. Please continue to guide and hone my heart. Lord, I don’t want to sin against You. Please help me to see the warning, before I end up needing to go into time-out, but I thank You for time-out. Lord, thank You for correcting me and not allowing me to continue in sin. Lord Jesus, please do not allow my poor behavior to harm my family, they don’t deserve it. Instead, please help me to speak words of apology and to turn away from future temptation. Thank You, Lord for saving me. Thank You for loving me. I love You. Amen.

Fighting fear with praise

And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
II Chronicles 20:15 NKJV

You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord , who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord  is with you.”
II Chronicles 20:17 NKJV

From their perspective, the people of Judah, they had a major problem.

An enemy so numerous they described them as: “A great multitude” 2 Chronicles 20:2b.

But Jehoshaphat’s fear set him to seeking the LORD. 2 Chronicles 20:3a

And God’s answer is: “Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,”. 2 Chronicles 20:15b

And what position did they take?

So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord , and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord , For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
II Chronicles 20:20‭-‬22 NKJV

They took the position of praise.

Yes, I’m certain they had their weapons, but they didn’t trust in their own strength.

Instead, they trusted in God’s promise and praised Him.

They literally praised God for His mercy while facing a horde of their enemies.

“Now when they began to sing and to praise,…and they were defeated.”

The enemy was defeated.

It’s still true today.

Psalm 9:10 NKJV — And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

No matter the circumstances we face, as believers in Christ Jesus we can praise God for He has already defeated the enemy.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NKJV

Nothing on Earth compares to the blessed assurance of one’s soul being safe in the Lord’s care.

Therefore, those called by the name of Jesus should praise God.

It’s a privilege to worship the Lord.

It’s an opportunity to defeat the fear, discouragement, and doubt of the enemy who wants to steal, kill, and destroy.

John 10:10 NKJV — “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

As a follower of Christ, I’m taking the position of praise.

Like Jehoshaphat, I’m trusting in God’s promises.

I pray that for you as well.

Romans 15:13 NKJV — Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dear Lord Jesus,
How great is Your name and how wonderous Your mighty works! You have conquered fear and death and the enemy of our souls. Your power and might and love are beyond anything I can comprehend. You defend the weak, You save the lost, You heal the broken, You restore the sick. Lord, in You is all that we ever need. No matter what is occurring around us, no matter what the past has held, we can look to You and be safe. For great are Your works and mighty are Your commandments. There is safety in the shadow of the Almighty, because no matter what the enemy may do to us here on Earth, our souls are safe with You, because we place our trust in Your name, Jesus. Thank You so much for all You have done and are doing on our behalf. I love You, Lord. Amen.

Blessing and lessons

Mother’s day tea!

It was so sweet and I was truly blessed.

It placed a beautiful memory in my heart.

The tea party was lovely and I was so thankful to God for my family.

As the day came to a close, I realized I needed to get by myself and pray.

There had been an underlying something bothering me.

It was an unsettling, almost fidgety emotion, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.

Before the Lord, it became clear.

This fidgety unsettling feeling was simply my old nemesis: fear.

Uhg!

Where did that creep in?!

Yet, I knew it had to be confessed and submitted to the Lord, rather than worried over.

So, I began, with the Lord, unraveling the balled up mess of fear.

One strand at a time, until I came to the center, hurt.

Something I thought was way back in my past and long since dealt with was the center of this.

My heart hurt and I had to confess this hurt and choose again to forgive, to place it in Jesus’s understanding hands, and to ask Him to fill my hurt with healing and love.

Because when I’m full of love for the ones who hurt me, then I’m no longer afraid the hurt will come again.

Crazy thing about this circumstance, I know it was not intended, nor were they ever aware of it.

Sometimes hurt happens, and just like someone accidentally dropping something on my foot, when they dropped something on my heart I can feel the pain and realize it wasn’t on purpose.

I can walk in forgiveness.

Which was the lesson for my evening.

Although, I didn’t really like having to deal with this sin (because fear of any person but God is sin) I was thankful the Lord showed it to me.

When I first began my “Good morning” chat with the Lord, He pointed out another sin.

My feet hadn’t hit the floor, I hadn’t really done more than roll over and greet the Lord, when He unveiled my heart to me.

This time it was discontent.

Uhg, uhg!

It didn’t take more than a moment for God to show me my error.

I immediately recognized my need to repent and return to a place of contentment.

Which I did.

My sorrow lingered, after all I don’t like having sin creep into my life.

It’s disgusting, it hinders my walk with the Lord and my family, it’s a cancer which eats away at my relationships.

I truly appreciate God’s mercy and grace in showing me my heart that I might turn away from sin and choose what is right.

How I long for the day when I no longer struggle in the mire of my own sin and can be completely at rest in Christ.

But I would not shorten my time God has given.

That too would be sin.

Instead, I must continue to learn humility before my Lord and my fellow man.

To keep my heart daily before God, that His light of truth and love may hone me.

Although it was uncomfortable, I feel so much peace now.

To look at my sin and repent, to be washed by Jesus’s love and forgiveness is so refreshing and beautiful.

I know Jesus will continue to walk with me into today and I’m so thankful He loves me enough to deal with my sin.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for walking daily with me. Lord, thank You for dealing with both discontentment and fear in my heart. Please help me to place guards in my actions, my attitudes, and my activities that I might not slip back into either of these sins. Lord, if You would have me speak to someone in more detail so they might hold me accountable on these, I am willing. Lord, I want to live with a pure heart, and You alone are the only One who can create that in me. Please continue to polish my heart, no matter how uncomfortable it is. Thank You for all Your love, mercy, grace, and truth! You are incredible! Thank You for forgiving me. I love You, Jesus!

Amidst the uncertainty…

Let us pray.


Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for helping us. Thank You for watching over us. Lord, You alone know and understand what is best. Our world has changed in a very short time and things are uncertain. Lord, there is so much that we don’t understand nor can we. Jesus, please help us to look to You in all of this. Please help us to walk forward into Your will and be unafraid. Lord, please let the hearts of mankind become soft and turn to You. Let this plague cause us to surrender every part and piece of our lives to You. Lord Jesus, You are good. You are worthy of all praise. You are faithful. Thank You for walking with us through this. Lord, please hold them in Your hands and save many souls. Comfort the hurting. Protect the innocent. Restore the broken. Return the prodigal. Please, let Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth, Jesus. Amen.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth.
Psalms 121:1‭-‬2 NKJV